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Aesop's Fables (Chambry edition)

Chambry 238 = Perry 167


Μυῖα ἐμπεσοῦσα εἰς χύτραν κρέως, ἐπειδὴ ὑπὸ τοῦ ζωμοῦ ἀποπνίγεσθαι ἔμελλεν, ἔφη πρὸς ἑαυτήν· Ἀλλ' ἔγωγε καὶ βέβρωκα καὶ πέπωκα καὶ λέλουμαι· κἂν ἀποθάνω, οὐδέν μοι μέλει. Ὁ λόγος δηλοῖ ὅτι ῥᾴδιον φέρουσι τὸν θάνατον οἱ ἄνθρωποι, ὅταν ἀβασανίστως παρακολουθήσῃ. 

(variant version from Chambry's first edition)


Μῦς εἰς χύτραν ζέουσαν κρεῶν τε πλήρη
ἐνέπεσε καὶ ἔμελλε συμπνιγῆναι.
Ἀποθνῄσκων δ' ἔφησε τοιοῦτον λόγον·
Ἐσθιόντι, πίνοντι καί λελουμένῳ
οὐμέλει μοι θάνατος, νὴ τοὺς θεούς μου.
Φέρουσί τινες τὸν θάνατον ῥᾳδίως,
ὅταν ἐπέλθῃ ἀβασανίστως τούτοις.

Chambry published a multivolume edition of the fables for the Belles Lettres series in 1925/6 (Paris). He later revised this into a single volume, omitting hundreds of the fable variants. In addition, the numeration between these two volumes is not consistent. The texts here are taken from the 1925/6 edition, but the numeration follows the stanard single volume edition.